All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27


– [Lauren] Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we finally started making some mile south down the inland river system. We got the hang of transiting locks, installed a much needed raw water pump and even woke up to frost on our deck. We made it about halfway on the Illinois River to the Mississippi. Now we’re going to take
on the second half. – [Kirk] Let’s do dis. ♫(“Restless” by Common Jack)♫ We found a gym that has yoga classes and showers and a pool for 11 dollars. So we’re trying to make it there before the yoga class starts and they’ve closed the marina on us. There goes Lauren. (screams loudly) – [Lauren] What we do for a yoga class! – [Kirk] I am weak. Lauren saved herself. I would be eaten by the bear. See ya Peoria, we closed you down. – [Lauren] So the rivers so high right now that they actually dropped
the dam below the water level and we’re driving right over it. It’s called a wicket dam. – [Kirk] You’ll see something
right here in a moment. Right there. That’s the dam that gets raised. (sigh) – [Lauren] Sure. – [Kirk] Especially since it may rain. – [Lauren] No, it’s not going to rain. – [Kirk] Alright. I’m going
to prepare for it though. – [Lauren] Might need to change your shoes. – [Kirk] Yes, but for right
now they’re the warmest. Right now I’m wearing long johns, two pairs of pants, a tee shirt, three long sleeve shirts, a puffy jacket, two other jackets, a hat, two hoods, a pair of gloves. This is sailing! All aboard who wants to go south. – [Lauren] Me! (laughs) – [Kirk] Ready? – [Lauren] Ready. – [Kirk] Okay good luck. (giggles) – [Lauren] Bye. We so came here a month too late. – [Kirk] Well he said that
closes down on Labor Day. – [Lauren] Oh, like two months too late? – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] Aww. – [Kirk] It would have
been fun to use the grill. – [Lauren] Yeah. (boat engine running) Probably our tightest squeeze yet. – [Kirk] There is nobody coming. – [Lauren] This winter hair. So Bob, you got his voicemail right? – [Kirk] No I talked to Bob. – [Lauren] Oh okay. Well
on his voicemail it says, “Thanks for calling Tall
Timbers. If you draft more than three feet just pass us by.” (laughs loudly) So, thank goodness the
river’s so high right now or else we wouldn’t have gotten in there. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] So I think we have only seen four other pleasure boats, boats that are not barges, on our entire two and a
half week trip so far. Two of those boats are being delivered. One of them was going the other way. The last one was anchored and we’re not even sure
that it was a looper boat. So, it’s been a pretty
desolate trip so far. But it’s made the anchorages
and docks completely our own, which is kinda nice! I guess that’s one plus to coming down the river a month too late. But it’d be kinda cool to meet some other people doing the same thing. – [Lauren] That’s Kirk way over there, dropping our stern anchor for our first night on
the hook in the river. (eeh) So far we’ve stayed at free docks. We’ve paid for a couple marinas, but we haven’t had an anchor yet and we’ve been, it’s gotta be like ten, 12 nights on the river? I don’t know I’m forgetting the days. But tonight was the first night we didn’t really have a choice. So, yeah, anchoring in
couple knot current. Fortunately it’s going to be a lot warmer tonight than it has
been over the last week. It’s been almost down to
freezing every single night and tonight it’s going
to be like 55 over night cause there’s some sort
of storm coming tomorrow. So, yeah, that’ll be nice and toasty. Okay I gotta move the boat
before we run into the sandbar. – [Kirk] Neutral. – [Lauren] Neutral. – [Kirk] Okay forward. We have about 100 feet of
line on our stern anchor so we attached a few extra
dock lines to give us just a little bit more working room. – [Lauren] We tight? – [Kirk] We’re tight? I think what we wanna do
is drop the anchor here. Can you keep us roughly right there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We wanted to be
as far out of the main channel as possible which
meant sneaking into a pretty tight channel between a sandbar and the bank of the river. The stern anchor was
insurance against any wind that would be stronger than the current that would carry us up river, putting us in danger of
being blown into the bank or onto the sandbar. – [Lauren] What did we just do? – [Kirk] Spent the last hour and a half doing our first bow and
stern anchor on the river. Third time was a charm. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We tried three different times. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] It worked out. We’re good now. – [Lauren] Seems, we seem good right now. – [Kirk] I think we’re good. – [Lauren] I can’t really
say it’s successful until we pull it up and leave tomorrow right? – [Kirk] Correct. As long as the river doesn’t drop more than a few inches we’re okay. (laughs loudly) Cause we’re not in very deep water. Here’s our depth chart. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Here’s our depth. – [Lauren] It’s not bad right here. – [Kirk] That is our depth right there. – [Lauren] So that’s what? Seven feet? – [Kirk] It’s to here. – [Lauren] Nope. – [Kirk] Just over six. – [Lauren] It’s six feet. (laughs loudly) – [Kirk] Yikes. – [Lauren] Hey good thing
we only draw 4’3″? – [Kirk] No, no that was when
we weighed 15 thousand pounds. Now we weigh 20. So
probably four and a half. – [Lauren] Alright, are
you going on an adventure? – [Kirk] Yes. Oh, there’s another barge coming. – [Lauren] Where you going to go? – [Kirk] Right to there. – [Lauren] Are you
going to climb up there? – [Kirk] Sit on that log
and look at the boat. – [Lauren] Oh, fun. – [Kirk] I should have a beer. – [Lauren] Do we have any? – [Kirk] I think so. – [Lauren] Alright. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] First anchorage on the river. Going on my first Huck Finn adventure. Oh, sh*t. It’s a little slippery. (laughs loudly) It’s a little slippery! I thought it was solid! Alright we’re going to
give this a go number two. That’s where we be. (birds cawing and chirping) It’s birds of summer again, bird. Come on dude take off. (bird noises) Oh, he almost did. He moved his wings. Oh there he goes. It’s so peaceful and calm out here. I felt like we were tied
to the dock all night except for when the tows went through and sent us like three or four foot waves. This is crazy. We’ve got woodpeckers. We’ve got morning doves. We’ve got all the little sing song birds. It’s like we’re back in summer, except for we have fall
colors all around us. It’s pretty cool. ♫(“I Fall Away” by Common Jack)♫ – [Lauren] Look at that! – [Kirk] The Mississippi. – [Lauren] Look at you no hat. – [Kirk] No hat. Only one jacket. Only one pair of pants. No gloves. – [Lauren] Look at that! Barefoot! – [Kirk] Barefoot.

100 thoughts on “All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27

  1. For anyone wondering where the mast is, take a look at this episode: https://youtu.be/o93s5DsT8HQ

  2. My favorite video yet! Thank you for taking the time to document your voyage down the rivers. I plan to do the Great Loop one of these days and this is so interesting. Best of luck and I look forward to your next video!

  3. I have wanted to take a 19 foot Lake Erie walleye boat down the Ohio from E. Liverpool to N.O. La. But I can't find any info about access to gas,food,ect. I surely don't want to dock at a marina at night. It has to be expensive. I wonder if there are private homes with docks that would welcome you? Or maybe just pull up near shore out of barge wakes?

  4. Always wondered what it would be like taking the Illinois and Mississippi rivers down. Your visuals make it look very appealing. Good luck on your adventures.

  5. It looks like a lot of the matinas were closed due to the lateness of the season. Were you able to refuel when you needed or did you experience fuel anxieties on your trip south?

  6. First time watching you guys. I assume this is part of the "Greatest Loop" route? I also assume a shallow draft and no mast is a requirement? Nice video.

  7. Just binge watched all your videos to date. Great work. I love your attitude and the fact that you honestly show your mistakes without getting too upset about them. I'm sure you'll get through your teething pains and do fine. I'm subscribed!

  8. Stumbled upon you channel last night around 23:00 and binge watched all night. Looking forward to your future episodes.

  9. The quality of the videos keep on improving dramatically! It’s always exciting to witness a journey unfold! Your one of my favorite channels!! Always lookin forward to your videos!,!!😉😃

  10. I love the coverage of the river. It is a section that most you tubers gloss over and blink they are in Mobile. Thank you. I live in Missouri and hope to start exploring the rivers soon. I have one question. I noticed that you are passing barges. I assume they dont pass each other normally and mostly only go one speed. About how long does it take to pass a large barge going the same direction as you? What is the speed difference?

  11. I didn’t realize you just started on this journey but I’m excited to of been sailing along with you. I just subscribed and only seen a few episodes but it’s great. I don’t know if you guys have a travel plan but I’ll follow along. How do you like it so far?
    What editing software do you use?

  12. Thanks for posting. If you all are not totally bent on going to Mobile, I recommend staying on "Big Muddy". Home Port is BR La. The ICW does actually go to Texas. and the "Port Allen Cut" is a "sliver of Acadiana" not to be missed. Also, hundreds of uncharted and unnamed white sand islands off coastal Louisiana from hurricanes of the last 10+ years… a boat without a mast can stay inside to Tx through Louisiana or turn east and head to Mobile "outside". Just sayin'. Beginning to watch you all. Have fun. S/V Good Karma.

  13. You guys have the best music around and…thanks for introducing me to the Illinois river. Who knew? Lol

  14. As an ocean sailor myself I hate watching other people’s trips they bore me. You guys have me hooked on your adventures. I can relate to all of your mistakes because we have all made the same mistakes at some time. I love your mild cool manner in delivering your adventure by video. Your honesty in your thoughts without any sign of embarrassment and just such honest commentary. May the winds always be with you.

  15. Have any pictures of the boat that was at anchor, or the other three still runnin with y'all?

  16. You are such a great couple and your adventure is refreshing….
    Thanks for sharing your failures and triumphs strong and healthy egos…thanks for not faking

  17. How do you like crusing a sailboat with no mast? Always thought it would make a great trawler. But I like my sails so much I have a ketch.

  18. In my grade school text book, I saw a black & white photograph of a “modern” sailboat, made out of a new-fangled space-age material called… fiberglass? I wanted that boat, but I was just a little kid! Only 440 were made, a rare boat indeed! I’m retired now, and found an unrestored, mint condition, 26 ft. 1965 Pearson Ariel for sale in Michigan. I left Florida by train, & finally bought the boat that I saw in my school book! I’ve sailed most of my life, but it’s in MICHIGAN?? So I did the same trip you’re on now. Thanks for taking me with you on that trip… again!

  19. Awesome episode…
    I have been on the rivers in Illinois many many times you captured the beauty of it perfectly!
    Hope to make this same journey in a few years.
    Learning a ton from your videos. Thank You for sharing it with us..
    Cheers and Happy New Year!!! 🎊🎆⛵️

  20. That was documentary-level work. And you two are naturals on camera. A wonderful story to live through vicariously.

  21. Had a boat on the Illinois River in East Peoria for almost 10 years. Stay in the channel and watch for wing dams as you get South………You are lucky the river is up and locks down at Pekin otherwise it gets really shallow just out of the channel.

  22. Asumming you film with Go Pros with gimbals. Just wondered if you had tried the 7 with the additional smoothing and if so do you think that would allow filming without a gimbal?

  23. It's a shame you didn't have more time to appreciate Peoria. I've lived here for nearly 12 years and still find new things to do. Great video and photography, though.

  24. 10:33 The thing I like most about camping is waking up in a different place.

  25. Well nice channel first.
    You two are absolutely adorable. I'm a Michigander myself grew up in Brighton on Woodland lake. Did a marathon of your channel and I have great admiration for you guys. Man did you luck out on that Tartan 37. I've been in the market for a cat for over a year but after seeing what yachts are going for in the Great lakes region I'm blown away. Thanks so much for giving me the knowledge of just looking in my own backyard.

  26. This makes me want to start my boat life (some day) starting from the Great Lakes. Such a different adventure to the open ocean. And seems like a great way to learn the ropes of living aboard before venturing too far from land.

  27. Greetings from Racine! Just discovered your channel yesterday and proceeded to binge every episode today with a bottle of wine and some charcuterie! Outstanding stuff, can't wait to see more! BTW my first sail out of Racine was in a Beneteau 37 a few slips away from where you were docked LMAO. Anyways, thanks for the great posts and here's wishing y'all the best!

  28. Dear Soulianis Owners
    When watching your video I was able to hear your engine start up. From the sound of the engine it appears you have a Westerbeke 4-108 ?
    I had a family Boatyard for most of my life and one of the engine lines I carried was Westerbeke.
    I had quite a few customers with T 37’s.
    If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
    Email [email protected]

  29. Thank you very much for these very nice impressions!
    Your videos are in many ways very professional. Nevertheless, you act highly authentic. This is the first Sailing-YouTube Channel where I can find this combination. I'm looking forward to your following videos.
    Have a great time!

  30. welcome to the larger world, did the full loop almost 15 years ago on a hunter 260, built my Corbin 39 and have been living on her for almost 14 years, now moored on the Rio Dulce Guatamela after traveling almost 30 K nm. Retired US Submarines, Toyota and Volvo as an electrical engineer, if you ever get down to my end of the lake give me a shout, oh ya I'm from Buffalo NY. John

  31. Just some good info on one of my fav boat yards http://www.demyb.com/dry-storage/

  32. Great videos of part of the Great Loop! Maybe before you decide to cross an ocean you'll run the loop again so we get some of your great videography of the eastern and northern parts!!

    Spectacular video work!

  33. Y’all are living my dream and this is my new favorite channel. Greetings from Texas.

  34. God you guys look cold! I may not be the first person to ask, but where is your mast? Don't sail boats need a mast? The drone footage was gorgeous.

  35. Hi again, I beleave that your raw water filter is way to small, looks like the filter your installed is for pot water on board, look in a catalog and see the filters used for your main engine and it should be installed (if possible below the water line) just my suggestion. John

  36. Hope all is well with you guys…..really diggin this river transit, like to do the same is find one from up north and bring it down south…..my wife and I

  37. Capturing your experiences, thoughts, AND the small towns along the way. 1 more subscriber! Great job, guys!

  38. Really loving your videos! I have been working (and saving) to do the very same thing that you two are. Your videos help to keep me motivated.

  39. Lovely video and drone footage…looking forward to all your clips…
    Retired but missing it a lot!
    Cheers

  40. everyone uses clickbait it seems, not alone there are two people. I just can't abide liars people who use clickbait should learn that no one likes liars and for that reason, they may click but then feel lied to and won't watch or sub.

  41. WOW! This video took me back and made me home sick. My wife and I 'cut our teeth' on the Mississippi, Illinois and Meramec Rivers. Bought our first boat in '98 and been all over that area, and to be completely honest, cold October boating was actually our most favorite, and this video beautifully captured why.

    For years my wife and I said it would be awesome to live on the water, and we got our wish. My job brought us to SE FL, and the boating and boaters is completely the opposite, not to mention general living. I now tell people, be careful what you wish for, today I am always saying I'd much rather be back up in the midwest.

    We are hooked, absolutely love your videos and wish you guys nothing but the best. Safe travels!

  42. I love vacationing after Labor Day! The cold is usually just bracing, not quite life-threatening even if there's an early freeze. It's nice having the place to yourself.

  43. normally, when on of these "look at us, we are sailing, we don't work, we get to go boating all day, look at my wife, she is beautiful, look at my wife in a bikini, look at me, I'm beautiful too, we don't work, we go sailing" .. videos come up on u tube, I check out the hot wife, and move on ………… Well – your adventure on the Mississippi is absolutely fascinating. Great job .. I will look for more videos ..

  44. I just don't understand. You are both from northern states, so you are aware of the cold that late in the season. Why did you wait SO LONG to make this trip? Don't most people start about a month earlier?

  45. this guy has never been out before? I know it´s peacefull but it is like this all the time. Get up early, go out, enjoy it!

  46. Been looking at the Great Loop for a while. We live in TN and take our Hunter 23 to Kentucky lake some and love it there. We want to buy our Forever boat and Dock it on Ky Lake until early Retirement and make the trip South. So this Vlog is great to see. And you guys are great to watch. As a diesel mechanic myself was fun to watch the conclusion of your fuel problem. We all do it at some point in time. No need to feel too silly. You guys are safely concluding your tribulations that's the important part. Subscribed and hooked.

  47. Been looking at the Great Loop for a while. We live in TN and take our Hunter 23 to Kentucky lake some and love it there. We want to buy our Forever boat and Dock it on Ky Lake until early Retirement and make the trip South. So this Vlog is great to see. And you guys are great to watch. As a diesel mechanic myself was fun to watch the conclusion of your fuel problem. We all do it at some point in time. No need to feel too silly. You guys are safely concluding your tribulations that's the important part. Subscribed and hooked.

  48. Illinois River is home to me when I saw Bananas bar n grill knew you were close, the train bridge just north of town was a party spot in high school, if you could get to it😉. Hope you two enjoyed your trip.👍✌

  49. If the bird is pretty much a solid brown it would be a young bald eagle. A golden eagle is more of a mottled brown with the white blotching through it.

  50. They decided to flush the garbage of Chicago to the Mississippi gulf in the early 1900's to complete a transit from the north Atlantic to the gulf of mexico. The greatest fishery in Illinois was ruined instantly with this reckless decision. Thanks for the great video!

  51. You should include a couple of walking sticks (collapsible) hate to see your adventure ruin by a nasty slip

  52. Sorry I was away from your adventure for awhile. Now catching up and enjoying your trip.

  53. Just started watching your vids and it sounds like  you're doing the Loop.  Planning on starting myself this September from Holland, MI.  I hate to leave Lake Michigan, such a beautiful place but adventures await!  Enjoy!

  54. The aerials at and just after the Big Blue Island sequence were stunning!

  55. Nice I live up the river by big blue island I work on the tow boats in naples il good video

  56. We're doing this …. We're doing that ….. We did this over here …. But only one person is doing any actual work.

  57. Where was that where you anchored? That looked natural there! I wanna see that part of the river!!!!!

  58. A couple of points …. (I have boated, power and sail, my whole life +60yrs, including multiple trips up and down the east coast …

    1st … You need to leave the dock/mooring at 1st light … as the saying goes … "you are burning daylight" … fuel up, clean-up, make repairs, and sightsee in the afternoon after you complete your days run …

    2nd … Slicker Colors … always had red slickers … then I tried a Safety Green/Yellow …. the COLDEST D*MN slicker I ever wore … went back to red … red absorbs the suns energy … yellow/green reflects it … I hate being cold …

    3rd … that water strainer needs to be mounted horizontally, so the bowl/strainer is "under" and you can remove the bowl for cleaning easily … you need a bracket to mount to the bulkhead …

    4th … Carry extra fuel filters (3-4) and a rebuilt kit (w/ gaskets) for the fuel filter …

    You are learning … though some lessons are more expensive then others … Happy Sailing

  59. I lived aboard from 1999 to 2011 in Key West, I grew up along the Miss. in Iowa. Thinking of going back to sea again. Kinda old now though. COOL video for me. You two are in for the adventure of a lifetime! See you on the Loop, (Look for a ill tempered old man) Capt. Jay (KW)

  60. Wow I really enjoyed your video ..i am from Chicago so it all looks familiar ..there is more peaceful than a river …luv the birds .

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